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This is in response to Christine Rose’s letter “Healthcare shortage” in the Sept. 10 issue. (Nurse.com/Letters/Shortage)

I could not agree more. I have been an RN for 36 years, and I am astonished at the way certain nurses are ejected from practice or never even welcomed in the first place because they lack degrees or are new grads.

Almost all advertised nursing jobs now are either for nurse practitioners or nurses with many years of experience and degrees.

And all this is happening despite predictions of an imminent nursing shortage.

This makes absolutely no sense.

The problem, unfortunately, does not end there. Nurse educators continue to be dogged by a lack of encouragement, petty rules and little or no respect. In addition, unrealistic workload expectations and obscenely low pay are common among part-time nurse educators.

Why all of this continues and how long the profession can sustain this absurd state of affairs is beyond my comprehension.

Nursing needs to stop blaming medicine, other professions, healthcare institutions and government bodies for all of its problems and start focusing on correcting its own faults. The opportunities are endless.

I had hoped for many years that nursing would mature as a profession during my professional lifetime and that I could share my knowledge and many years of experience with the next generation of nurses.

I don’t know if I will be sharing any more with nursing — I am fortunate to have the ability to choose whether to continue working or retire. Right now, I’m leaning heavily toward the latter.

Pamela J. Keating, RN, PhD
Park Ridge, Ill.


This is in response to Christine Rose’s letter “Healthcare shortage.”

I am an RN with many years of nursing experience, and I have a diploma in nursing. I have no regrets about not advancing my career. I have stayed current on all matters pertaining to my scope of practice and have played my cards well. But as in most professions, there is a push for higher education. This comes from the policymaking nurses, and I believe an elitism has set in. Yes, many young nurses ought to be encouraged to advance their education for the long run. But going to a four-year college was not an option for me. I went to a Catholic school of nursing and was very well prepared for nursing.

I would strongly encourage the acceptance of all levels of nursing education. This would certainly help out with any shortage.

Maria LaFiura, RN
Pipersville, Pa.



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